The High Cost of Low Educational Performance

Relatively small improvements in students’ educational performance can have large impacts on a nation’s future economic well-being. This PISA report, presented at the 2010 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, uses economic modeling to relate cognitive skills (as measured by

Deeper Learning

Based on the 2012 PISA data, this Alliance for Excellent Education report reveals that the United States struggles to produce top performers in reading, math, and science at the rates of its international peers. These students, who the report calls

Social-Emotional Development

The 2012 PISA was the first assessment to measure dimensions of social-emotional development. In both the OECD and the United States, about 80 percent of students agreed with the statement “I feel happy at school.” However, while 71 percent of

The OECD Test for Schools

The OECD Test for Schools is a PISA-based assessment tool adjusted for use by individual schools rather than entire nations. Using this tool, America Achieves compares the performance of 105 U.S. high schools in reading, mathematics, and science to the

Fostering Teacher Professionalism

PISA4U is a new global online program for school improvement that is available to teachers and other educational professionals such as administrators, education policy actors, managers, and educational researchers. It was developed by the OECD in collaboration with Candena, a leading provider

Building Student Engagement

The 2012 PISA results revealed that scores on the mathematics section of the exam are associated with perseverance, as low performers were more likely than their peers to self identify as individuals who give up in the face of challenge.

The International Studies School Network

The Vaughn International Studies Academy (VISA) in Pacoima, California is the 9-12 extension of Chan’s pre-K – 8th grade charter school, the Vaughn 21st Century Learning Center, that has achieved remarkable success in accelerating the achievement of its low-income, Latino

Instruction Time and PISA Scores

The 2015 PISA will emphasize analysis on the science section. The last PISA to do the same took place in 2006 and revealed that classroom instruction time is positively correlated with performance on the assessment, especially for historically-disadvantaged populations, such

Equity, Excellence, and Inclusiveness in Education

Countries like South Korea, Finland, and Canada show above-average PISA performance, but below-average impact of socioeconomic status on performance. In contrast, the United States shows average PISA performance with average impact of socioeconomic status on performance. This report includes policy